Nearly 1.200 young people in Bedford Borough are claiming benefits but 661 jobs have been left unclaimed according to Job Centre chiefs.
The latest government figures show that 1,195 people aged 18-24 are claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance in the borough and 2,280 claiming the benefit across Bedfordshire. But when the Times & Citizen contacted job centre it claimed that 661 jobs are available.
The East of England labour market has continued to perform better than the national average. At 74.9 per cent, East of England’s employment rate is the highest of any UK region and at 6.6 per cent has the third lowest unemployment rate of any UK region.
As a proportion of the population of the same age, the number of people claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance in Bedfordshire is 6.8 per cent, a figure slightly higher than the entire East Of England which has 6.4 per cent. However the national average is 7.5 per cent.
A Department For Work And Pensions spokesman said: “Tackling youth unemployment is an absolute priority for this government – we want to help young people find sustainable jobs that will set them up for the future.
“We are committed to helping young people get the skills and experience they need to get a job, wherever they are in the country.
“Over the next three years the Youth Contract will offer nearly 500,000 opportunities for young people through work experience, apprenticeships and wage subsidies to help them find work. Young people also have early access to the Work Programme to help them find and stay in employment.”
And young people in Bedford can expand their job prospects by using the Jobs Hub which has been set up with Bedford Borough Council.
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